Little Miss Broadway 1938
Shirley Temple (Actor), George Murphy (Actor), Irving Cummings (Director)
Broadway Musicals DVD
BM01 Broadway Musicals DVD - Shirley Temple (Actor), George Murphy (Actor), Irving Cummings (Director) - Little Miss Broadway 1938 - Broadway Musicals DVD - Sheer and irresistible hokum, Little Miss Broadway is classic Shirley Temple entertainment, with the moonfaced, squeaky-voiced starlet playing the singin'-est, dancin'-est orphan in New York City. Adopted by the elderly manager of a show-biz hotel, Shirley gets caught between the lovable show folk and the tyrannical landlady (superlative sourpuss Edna Mae Oliver) who wants to tear the hotel down. Naturally, there's a wealthy but kindhearted nephew on one side of the fight and a poor but lovely niece on the other, along with a cast of colorful characters, including Jimmy Durante and assorted musicians, jugglers, tap-dancing little people, and a trained penguin. It all comes to a crescendo in the most preposterous art-deco courtroom you've ever seen. Temple set the standard for precocious moppets to come; as corny as her antics may be, even contemporary cynics will fall for her radiant charm. This DVD includes both a spruced-up black-and-white version and a colorized version--though the colorization is much improved, skin tones still end up with the unsettling amber of a bad tanning salon job. Shirley Temple stars in this entertaining musical, co-staring tap dancing George Murphy and the legendary Jimmy Durante. Shirley stars as Betsy, an orphan adopted by a kind hotel manager (Edward Ellis) who rents rooms out to down-on-their-luck entertainers. When the owner of the hotel (Edna Mae Oliver) complains about the noise her show biz tenants make and the back rent they owe her, she threatens to have the hotel closed and Betsy sent back to the orphanage. The film is highlighted by Shirley's delightful We should Be Together song and tap dance routine with George Murphy, and the upbeat Be Optimistic. My daughter loves this video - the only drawback to it is that she wants to watch it all the time. She sings and dances along with Betsy (Shirley Temple) through the whole movie. It's great for little girls who love to dance and sing. Shirley Temple shines in this delightful tale of an orphan who saves a hotel,along with a group of aspiring entertainers, from financial ruin. The songs are adorable and the rest of the cast is wonderful including Jimmy Durante. This is one of my personal favorites. This movie is a wonderful movie. Probably one of Shirley's best. It features George Murphy and Jimmy Durante. It's about an orphan named Betsy who is taken into the Hotel Variety by her parent's friends Pop and his young about 20 year old daughter Barbara. You should see this film, it's really a great film. It has the songs Be Optimistic, We Should Be Together, Little Miss Broadway, and Swing Me An Old-Fashioned Tune.
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